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When it comes to facial spots and visible wrinkles, sunlight is the major culprit. As a matter of fact, a study performed by researchers at Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology found that the sun’s UV rays account for 80 percent of skin aging. And this study also found that the effect of UV rays on the skin increases with age. Researchers examined 298 women ranging from 30 to 78 years of age. Significant differences were seen in skin texture quality and wrinkles after the age of 50, and sun lovers looked older than their real age.
Even after your sun-worshiping days are long gone, you may see more dark patches and brown marks as you age. This is the adverse effect of previous sun exposure. Photo-aging is generally cumulative and begins at an early age. Its effect may not appear for 20 to 30 years after sun damage. And some skin types do worse than others. The best ways to avoid sun damage to the skin are to limit sun exposure, cover up and use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. SPF 30 means that it takes 30 times longer to burn with that sunscreen than without one. SPF 30 is recommended for daily use while an SPF 50 is recommended for intense exposure. With a broad spectrum sunscreen, protection is afforded against both UVA and UVB rays.
For wrinkles and sun spots due to sun exposure, you can use cover-up products to diminish the look of older-looking skin.